With the economy taking a beating, more and more people are feeling the pinch and lagging behind in their payments, whether it be credit cards, student loans or any other loan. Remember that ignoring debt never benefits anyone. But rest assured that no debt problem is unsolvable. No one ever wants to fall into debt. It happens when we spend money we don't have. There could be frivolous reasons, or you may have had a horrible change in circumstance, like a death, illness, divorce or job loss. Whatever the reason, the most important thing you can do now is become more disciplined in handling your finances.
For people who are loaded down with debt and finding it difficult to repay unsecured debts, debt management can be the best option. If you are unsure how bad your debt is, start by assessing it. Remember that what counts is your debt in proportion to your ability to repay. The first step to becoming debt free is controlling your spending and adhering to a budget.
It can be helpful to know how you are spending your money each month. Write down all of your expenses by reviewing receipts and bank statements. Every single expense should be listed. By clearly laying out this information, you will have a much better idea where you can start saving and how much your debt is costing you.